Every year when October rolls around, the traditional horror films such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” make the movie marathon rounds. This year, switch things up a little bit and screen some horror films from Mexico and South America.
1. “La maldición de la llorona”
La Llorona is one of the OG scary legends of Mexico folklore, so you know she had to get her shining moment on film at one point or another. In this 1963 Mexican horror film, a beautiful villain who likes to practice black magic tries to lure her niece into her mansion. The plot sounds like a creepier version of Snow White as they try to resurrect La Llorona. Sounds crazier than our Tia Rosita who has five dogs and cats in her house, but only by a little bit.
2. “Hasta el viento tiene miedo”
Literally translated as “Even the wind is afraid,” just the title of this Mexican horror film is enough to send chills up our spine. Think of it as our parents’ version of “Saw” or “The Conjuring.” The film is set at an all-girls boarding school and a ghost roams the halls, constantly sparking nightmares for one of the students.
Before Guillermo del Toro become an Oscar winner and had racked up a roster of fantastical films, his 1993 horror drama film “Cronos” was the first feature film he directed. The film’s plot centered around an antique dealer who finds a mechanical object that injects him and allows him to become younger and stronger—but also gives him a thirst for blood. If you want to continue a del Toro-themed scary movie marathon, then follow up “Cronos” with “The Devil’s Backbone.”
4. “This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse”
An example of Brazilian pornochanchada (a genre of sex comedy films made popular in the 1960s), “This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse” was one far-out baby mama drama. The main protagonist impregnates women but first makes them go through trials of tortures and tarantulas because his spawn must be immune to fear. None of this makes sense to us either.
In this Mexican horror film, two orphan girls at a convent get possessed by a demonic force after bumping into a band of gypsies and opening a casket. The film has often been compared to “The Exorcist” because of the similar themes of being possessed and scenes of sacrilege.
6. “Veneno para las hadas”
As the name suggests, “Veneno para las hadas” (Poison for fairies) starts out innocently and then turns menacing. In this 1980s Mexican horror film, a young girl named Veronica believes in witchcraft and evil spirits and convinces a new girl at her school she is a witch and can make supernatural events occur. When both girls attend a family vacation together, the plot thickens with a blazing fire involved.
7. “La Tía Alejandra”
Alright kids, this is why you need to be respectful to your elders. In this Mexican horror film, an elderly lady comes to live with her nephew’s family and is mercilessly teased by the children. Little did they know she is an actual witch that practices witchcraft and some strange events soon start to happen in the house.